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Half Empty, Half Full

I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in him. Then your hope will overflow by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 NCV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I’d heard the scenario too many times.

Lunch break at last. It had been a long morning. The scene was the break room. Tense bodies huddled around the small table because the boss wouldn’t turn up the heat. Tony’s teenage son had talked back to him for the last time. Harry’s old lady smashed the back of the car, and he expected her to pay for it. Jessie knew what they meant since her family was always giving her grief. All they wanted was to get through the day and go home to the television.

Attitudes seem to come from our spiritual base—not just from the occasional bad day. The glass is half empty or half full. I’m a pessimist or an optimist who is negative or positive. The environment casts a spell on my spirit. Either I will live in the victorious hope of the risen Christ, or I will wallow in the downtrodden spirit of this world. I try to choose Jesus every day.

Tony could have more patience with his son, Harry could forgive his wife and realize she is upset also, and Jessie could change the tone she uses with her family. All these folks could allow the love of God to wash over them each night. 

For me, the Bible has been a wonderful, refreshing resource for feeling God’s love in my life, for hearing God’s amazing promises for the future, and for learning to forgive. It also helps me to love, to follow God’s path, and to know the joy of an eternity with Him.

Open your Bible or a good devotional book, and spend time with God daily so you will have a hopeful glow that only comes from Jesus. Your glass will soon be full.

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Barbara Duncan

Barbara Duncan is a child of God who enjoys sharing her Christian faith with other folks. She is a licensed pastor serving in a small Pennsylvania church and a retired high school English teacher.  Precious Pearls of Faith, her second published work, was born out of her desire to share thoughts on faith with those who might have the same questions she does and the same desires to explore our beliefs in Jesus Christ.